Gugu Ginindza is married with 2 children, who are 14 years and 3 years old. Her older sister is looking after her children for her while she is studying with EduGate as a live-in student.
Gugu grew up in a rural area and had been running a day care for children when she heard about the EduGate program. She heard about it through a friend of hers who attends Hawane CLC church. She had always wanted to train to be a teacher so she applied to the EduGate program, hoping to get in. She was so excited to be accepted into the class of 2017! This opportunity for her to further her education as a preschool teacher fulfilled the longing she had to be educated and gain the skills necessary for working with children. Taking care of children in a day care was not enough for her, she had a desire to educate the children rather than just look after them. She wanted to give them a better start in life by helping them get a solid foundation in their education.
Having completed the first half of the program successfully, she feels that she has, so far, gained much from the EduGate training course, not just academically but spiritually as well. She has learnt that it is important to teach in a way that grows a child as a whole person, not just in their mind. Learning to work with people and to become keepers of each other has been an important lesson to learn.
When she graduates she would like to run her own preschool. She will run it in a way that reflects biblical principles and where children can learn and grow in a Godly environment. She would like to start with the children she was looking after in the day care and to apply what she has learnt and begin to teach those children.
She has enjoyed learning how to teach children to play, which is an important part of the EduGate curriculum. Gugu believes it is important for children to play; this is a natural way that they learn. She feels if you deprive them of being able to play their future will be dim, as a large part of their learning will be missed. By allowing children to learn through play, it brightens their futures as they learn to think logically and to work things out without being merely told what to do.
The biggest thing that she has learnt is how children learn. She has gained a much better understanding of children and her role as a teacher to find out what is wrong when children behave in a negative way. Their behaviour is usually linked to a problem they are facing, when that issue is resolved their behaviour usually improves.
She has been very happy in the environment at Hawane. The spiritual input of being there, praying in the mornings and devotion times are helping her grow in her relationship with God. Living together with the other ladies and encouraging each other as they live in community together has been such fun.
Before she came to EduGate she did not feel like her future was very promising. But now Gugu is excited about her future and looks forward to being fully equipped to one day start her own preschool and we are excited to see her achieve that!